Skip to comments.California Burning: How the Greens Turned the Golden State Brown
Posted on 11/25/2018 9:00:58 AM PST by DeweyCA
n October 2016, in a coordinated act of terrorism that received fleeting attention from the press, environmentalist activists broke into remote flow stations and turned off the valves on pipelines carrying crude oil from Canada into the United States. Working simultaneously in Washington, Montana, Minnesota, and North Dakota, the eco-terrorists disrupted pipelines that together transport 2.8 million barrels of oil per day, approximately 15 percent of U.S. consumption. The pretext for this action was to protest the alleged catastrophe of global warming.
These are the foot soldiers of environmental extremism. These are the minions whose militancy receives nods and winks from opportunistic politicians and green investors who make climate alarmism the currency of their political and commercial success.
More recently, and far more tragic, are the latest round of California wildfires that have consumed nearly a quarter million acres, killed at least 87 people, and caused damages estimated in excess of $10 billion.
Opinions vary regarding how much of this disaster could have been avoided, but nobody disputes that more could have been done. Everyone agrees, for example, that overall, aggressive fire suppression has been a mistake. Most everyone agrees that good prevention measures include forest thinning (especially around power lines), selective logging, controlled burns, and power line upgrades. And everyone agrees that residents in fire prone areas need to create defensible space and fire-harden their homes.
Opinions also vary as to whether or not environmentalists stood in the way of these prevention measures. In a blistering critique published earlier this week on the California-focused Flash Report, investigative journalist Katy Grimes cataloged the negligence resulting from environmentalist overreach.
For decades, Grimes notes, traditional forest management was scientific and successfulthat is until ideological, preservationist zealots wormed their way into government and began the overhaul of sound federal forest management through abuse of the Endangered Species Act and the re-wilding, no-use movement.
U.S. Representative Tom McClintock, whose Northern California district includes the Yosemite Valley and the Tahoe National Forest, told Grimes that the U.S. Forest Service 40 years ago departed from well-established and time-tested forest management practices.
We replaced these sound management practices with what can only be described as a doctrine of benign neglect, McClintock explained. Ponderous, byzantine laws and regulations administered by a growing cadre of ideological zealots in our land management agencies promised to save the environment. The advocates of this doctrine have dominated our law, our policies, our courts and our federal agencies ever since.
Grimes goes on to outline the specific missteps at the federal level that led to Americas forests turning into tinderboxes, starting in the Clinton Administration and made worse, thanks to activist judges, by thwarting reforms attempted by the Bush Administration, and accelerating during the complicit Obama presidency.
All of this lends credence to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinkes fresh allegations of forest mismanagement. But what really matters is what happens next.
Institutionalized Environmental Extremism
Californias 2018 wildfires have been unusually severe, but they were not historic firsts. This years unprecedented level of destruction and deaths are the result of home building in fire prone areas, and not because of wildfires of unprecedented scope. And while the four-year drought that ended in 2016 left a legacy of dead trees and brush, it was forest mismanagement that left those forests overly vulnerable to droughts in the first place.
Based on these facts, smart policy responses would be first to reform forest management regulations to expedite public and privately funded projects to reduce the severity of future wildfires, and second, to streamline the permit process to allow the quick reconstruction of new, fire-hardened homes.
But neither outcome is likely, and the reason should come as no surprisewe are asked to believe that its not observable failures in policy and leadership that caused all this destruction and death, its man-made climate change.
Governor Jerry Brown is a convenient boogeyman for climate realists, since his climate alarmism is as unrelenting as it is hyperbolic. But Brown is just one of the stars in an out-of-control environmental movement that is institutionalized in Californias legislature, courts, mass media, schools, and corporations.
Fighting climate change is the imperative, beyond debate, that justified the Golden State passing laws and regulations such as California Environmental Quality Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, and numerous others at the state and local level. They make it nearly impossible to build affordable homes, develop energy, or construct reservoirs, aqueducts, desalination plants, nuclear power plants, pipelines, freeways, or any other essential infrastructure that requires so much as a scratch in the ground.
Expect tepid progress on new preventive measures, in a state so mired in regulations and litigation that for every dollar spent paying heavy equipment operators and loggers to do real work, twice that much or more will go to pay consultants, attorneys, and public bureaucrats. Expect climate change to be used as a pretext for more smart growth, which translates into stack and pack, whereby people will be herded out of rural areas through punishing financial disincentives and forced into densely populated urban areas, where they can join the scores of thousands of refugees that California is welcoming from all over the world.
Ruling Class Hypocrisy
Never forget, according to the conventional wisdom as prescribed by Californias elites, if you dont like it, you are a climate change denier, a xenophobe, and a racist.
Californias elites enjoy their gated communities, while the migrants who cut their grass and clean their floors go home to subsidized accessory dwelling units in the backyards of the so-called middle class whose taxes pay for it all. They are hypocrites.
But it is these elites who are the real deniers.
They pretend that natural disasters are man-made, so they can drive up the cost of living and reap the profits when the companies they invest in sell fewer products and services for more money in a rationed, anti-competitive environment.
They pretend this is sustainable; that wind farms and solar batteries can supply adequate power to teeming masses crammed into power-sipping, smart growth high rises. But theyre tragically wrong.
Here the militant environmentalists offer a reality check. Cutting through their predictable, authoritarian, psychotically intolerant rants that incorporate every leftist shibboleth imaginable, the Deep Green Resistance website offers a remarkably lucid and fact-based debunking of green technology and renewable energy. Their solution, is to create a life-centered resistance movement that will dismantle industrial civilization by any means necessary.
These deep green militants want to destroy industrial civilization. At their core, they are misanthropic nihilistsbut at least theyre honest. By contrast, Californias stylish elites are driving humanity in slow motion towards this same dire future, cloaked in denial, veiled coercion, and utopian fantasies.
This is the issue that underlies the California wildfires, what causes them and what to do about them. What is a sustainable civilization? One that embraces human settlements, has faith in human ingenuity, and aspires to make all humans prosperous enough to care about the environment, everywhere? Or one that demands Draconian limits on human settlement, with no expectation that innovation can provide solutions we cant currently imagine, and condemns humans to police-state rationing of everything we produce and consume?
That is the stark choice that underlies the current consensus of Californias elites, backed up by dangerous and growing cadres of fanatical militants.
Blame the voters who voted in, and keep in, the radical leftist RATS who are bought and paid for by the envirowhackos.
Yes, things could have been much better controlled.
Minutes ago I found out my friend in Malibu lost his ranch, his home and dozens of animals. He got out with a horse, a dog and a donkey. We was one of the Challengers Surf Band, an old surf band most of you won’t remember. All of their gold records and memorabilia.
California Burning: How Greens and Brown Turned the Golden State Black
That is an excellent headline, and it encapsulates exactly what has occurred here over the last few decades.
The upside of our last trio of wildfires is that even Gov. Brown has (quietly) admitted that Pres. Trump is correct.
Uncleared brush and dead trees have a more to do with these Mega-fires than Climate Change. Gov. Brown is finally allowing for the clearing of more trails. A little after the fact, true, but it’s a start in the right direction.
People have been warning of this coming scenario for over the last twenty years.
Indeed environmentalists cause more harm than good with their extreme actions.
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All of his gold records were lost .... but dozens of animals!!!
One of the elements liberals employ when they make rules against cleaning forest fuels and removing deadfall is to build berms that block vehicle travel. The result is that firefighters can't access burning wild lands.
They cause more harm than good because it has never been about the environment, it is an end run for socialism.
Charles Manson said if you want to get attention kill someone...
Heh, the progs have turned San Pelosicisco brown in other ways, too.
Instead of the Star Trek SF having Star Fleet HQ, we’ve got sh*thole SF having dirty needle HQ.
Yeah. Stuff is stuff, it may be treasured, but it doesn’t feel pain.
With California aflame, we're experiencing the wonderful results of their early arboreal activism NOW, aren't we !
Just like we're watching the caravan invasion hordes today....and we can again pretty much predict the future of this particular radical activism unless it's stopped. Cause and effect is inevitable in nature and human activity unless it's controlled as much as possible.
The animals! Each had a name ... he was that kind ofd guy. All the pigs swam in the pool. Look at the photos. Imagine escaping that at night!
How will we save the Spotted Owl from the pseudo-environmentalists?
Shoot them and stuff them...
Indeed millions are being made off of the environment and socialism movement Al Goer and the DNC winks.
How do you think Star Fleet was able to pick up the land cheap enough to be able to afford it? San Fransisco becoming a crap freely zone could drive down property values enough for it to happen.
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